Imagine a world where you would wake up and watch all the boys go to school and all the men go to work, while you stayed home and your only purpose was to cook and clean. Where you probably would not get to go to school and if you did you would have to risk your life to get there. Where you would see books scattered around your house and want to read, but you don’t know how and you would never learn. Imagine a world where you would be deprived of so many basic rights just because you were a female. This is what our world was once like. Upset? Disappointed with the world? Me too, but women and their rights did come a long way. I am going to teach you about women's history and how they got to be where they are today.
Good news before you hear the cold hard truth: WOMEN HAVE COME SO FAR!!!!
Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a woman in the past? Now’s your chance to find out! Don’t be too disappointed when you find out it wasn't exactly the ideal life. Let’s start from the very beginning, the 1800s when women had scarce rights. I am going to tell you all about three aspects of rights that women had, political, economic, and social rights. Let’s start with social rights, back then women had very little social rights. Women were considered weaker than men and seen as less superior to them.
The biggest problem with women's lack of social rights was the fact that, as stated in thedevelopmentofwomensrights.com they were stuck in the cult of domesticity. Let me guess, you’re wondering, what is the cult of domesticity? The cult of domesticity is an opinion about women in the 1800s. There were four qualities they believed women should represent:
1. More religious than men
2. Pure in heart, mind, body, and soul
3. Submissive, or ready to agree and be obedient, to their husbands
4. Willing to stay at home and do work
5. It’s hard to believe that is what our world was once like.